Woman's Place

Trim, dark-eyed Anne Josephine Shofner gave a party last week in Portland. Ore. She fed baked beans to the city's politicos, Navy brass hats and scores of grimy workers. On her guest of honor, decked out in roses, glutted with pigiron, she splattered champagne. After the party, the guest—a $70,000 Lectromelt furnace—went hotly to work turning out steel for Mrs. Shofner's steel casting plant.

Mrs. Shofner, 43, only steelwoman on the West Coast, has had little time for ordinary partygoing. Married in 1919, she took over her husband's railroad brake-shoe foundry at...

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